Talents on display

| August 01, 2006

The show kicks off on Aug. 24 with free seminars on topics such as Fuel Management for Fleets and Owner-operators and Engine Changes in 2007. Country star Trace Adkins also will sign autographs at the show Aug. 24.

Aaron Tippin, who has six Top 10 singles, one Top 5 single, one No. 2 single, three No. 1 singles and sales of 5 million albums during his career, will perform Aug. 25. The singer has made his mark on the country music industry with his hard-edged twang and his themes of family values, patriotism and hard work.

Aaron’s career was launched when his debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” reached the Top Ten in 1991 and became an anthem for a nation embroiled in the conflict of Desert Storm. Aaron quickly became a voice of patriotism, a badge he wears proudly and has carried with him throughout his career. A decade later, he cut the track, “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,” immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and donated proceeds from the commercial single, which zoomed to No. 2 on the Billboard chart, to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Country fans went out and bought the record to help other Americans who needed help at the time,” Aaron says. “That’s common of what real country fans are like.”

MobilDelvac is sponsoring Tippin.

Ronnie Milsap will perform Saturday night and is back by popular demand. Milsap, who has more than 40 No. 1 hits, six Grammys and more than 23 million records sold, performed at GATS 2004 to a sold-out crowd.

Born in Robbinsville, N.C., he was raised by his father and grandparents following his parents’ divorce. He was born blind from congenital glaucoma, and when he was 5, he began attending the Governor Moorhead School for the Blind. Milsap showed musical aptitude at an early age. The school stressed classical music training, but he preferred country, gospel and rhythm-and-blues.

He released his first single, “Total Disaster,” in 1963 at the age of 20. 1972 found him working regularly at Roger Miller’s King of the Road Club in Nashville, Tenn., and he signed with RCA Records in 1973. Milsap recorded for RCA until 1992. During that time he created five gold albums, one platinum album and one double platinum album. He also won six Grammy Awards and eight Country Music Association awards, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award.

The concert is sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America.

In addition to the concerts, attendees will be treated to a special celebration of Truck Driver Appreciation Week by the American Trucking Associations. They will also have free truck parking, thanks to Freightliner. The free on-site truck parking will again be available at Reunion Arena adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center. Additional parking will be available at Gilley’s, located on Lamar Blvd behind the Convention Center.

The free truck parking will include 24-hour security, restroom facilities, refreshments, and entertainment. A map and directions to the Reunion Arena Parking Lot, along with additional information is available at this site. For additional information, call 888-349-4287.

America’s Traveling Truck Show
Through mid-Aug.
multiple locations

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July 13-14
The Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80, Exit 284., Walcott, Iowa

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July 28-29
Roberts Convention Center, Wilmington, Ohio

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